arts & culture

Esther Mahlangu honoured with celebratory NYC mural

Internationally acclaimed Ndebele artist Esther Mahlangu has been celebrated with a street mural inspired by her artwork in the heart of New York City.

If you find yourself walking the streets of Tribeca one day, make sure that you make your way towards the Citi Bike station to the intersection of Franklin Street and West Broadway, because that’s where you’ll find an Esther Mahlangu-inspired mural painted by New York-based artist Imani Shanklin Roberts.

The bright and bold mural, commissioned in partnership with SA tourism’s US office , South African Airways and Citi Bike, was unveiled in New York last week, Huffington…
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Esther Mahlangu honoured with celebratory NYC mural

Sthenjwa Luthuli explores life in contemporary SA through art

Hailing from Botha’s Hill, KwaZulu-Natal, Sthenjwa Luthuli navigates personal politics through his artwork. The 27-year-old has participated in various exhibitions in Bremen, Germany, group exhibitions in KwaZulu-Natal and Johannesburg and has completed a mural project in the Concordia Tunnel, which forms part of the Leiterin der Städtischen Galerie international collection.

“I use my work as a voice, including patterns and figures questioning our diverse ways of living in a South African contemporary society in many different ways,” says Luthuli.

At this year’s Sasol New Signature Awards, Luthuli – an independent artist without a gallery representative – become the runner-up for his woodcut work titled Umbango, which means “conflict” in…
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Sthenjwa Luthuli explores life in contemporary SA through art

Lebohang Kganye takes Sasol New Signatures 2017 title

Lebohang Kganye (27), a photographer and filmmaker from Katlehong, Johannesburg, has won the Sasol New Signatures Art Competition, themed “Be Discovered”, for her animated film, Ke Sale Teng (Sesotho for “I’m still here”).

The film “confronts how family photo albums no longer have a fixed narrative, but instead open us to reinterpret our past and even interrogates our need to preserve a certain narrative,” a statement said.

In a diorama, cut-out silhouettes of family members are used alongside other props to question “the conflicting stories, which are told in multiple ways, even by the same person – memory combined with fantasy,” it continued.

“Sometimes we rely on…
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Lebohang Kganye takes Sasol New Signatures 2017 title

SA film to feature at Toronto International Film Festival

South African film The Number will be screened at the Toronto International Film Festival in Canada in September.

The Toronto International Film Festival recently revealed a selection of 48 films from across the globe for this year’s event in the Contemporary World Cinema category, and a South African film has made the cut.

“Each film in Contemporary World Cinema offers a much-needed look at another part of the world through the eyes of a storyteller embedded in that culture. Taken together, these four dozen films invite us all to expand and deepen our picture of the world,” artistic director of the…
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SA film to feature at Toronto International Film Festival

Cape Town officially one of the four coolest world cities

In 2014, Cape Town was dubbed the World Design Capital by WDC 2014. iKapa went on to be bestowed with the title of Best Food City in the World by Conde Nast Traveller in 2016. Today, the Mother City is considered one of the world’s four coolest cities by travel service by Airbnb and news magazine series, Vice.

Cape Town was named one of the four world’s best cities, alongside Paris, Tokyo and New York, with each city encapsulating the “cool factor” that Airbnb and Vice recognises in cities that are effortlessly authentic and true to themselves.

Airbnb and Vice have assembled…
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Cape Town officially one of the four coolest world cities

SA’s first illustration & animation gallery

In Cape Town’s quaint Observatory suburb, a gallery – the very first of its kind in South Africa – is dedicated to celebrating the world of non-fine art creations. Illustrations and animations have finally found a home at Ahem! Art Collective on 77 Lower Main Road.

Launched in April by Thea de Klerk, after she was introduced to the idea through The Illustration Cupboard in London, the gallery now offers an alternative to local and international illustrators and animators showcasing their art online.

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“Alas! The art world of Cape Town has no such thing, which makes it very difficult…
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SA’s first illustration & animation gallery